More than 150 mosques around the UK will open their doors to non-Muslim visitors this weekend to offer people a better understanding of Islam and the chance to ask questions about the faith, the Guardian reported on Tuesday.
Thousands of people were expected to take part in the third annual Visit My Mosque day, visiting mosques from Inverness to Plymouth. Most are in cities with large Muslim populations, but there are also smaller mosques, for example in Craven Arms in Shropshire, Bangor in north Wales, Belfast, and Maidenhead, the constituency of the prime minister, Theresa May.
As well as explaining the basic tenets of Islam, prayer rituals and the influence of faith on everyday lives, the mosques will showcase social action projects they are involved with that tackle food distribution, homelessness and refugees. Giving to charity is one of the five pillars of Islam, and last year British Muslims gave an estimated £100m to charitable causes during the holy month of Ramadan.
The number of mosques participating in the event is almost double last year’s tally of 80.